Taxus baccata 'Melfard' / Melfard English yew

Taxus baccata 'Melfard' is a dense, columnar, female selection of English yew with strong, fastigiate branching and glossy, downturned, dark-green needles that measure 1.12 inch (28 mm) long and 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) wide. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated in the 1960s in Denmark. It is very similar to 'Fastigiata', but is thought to have superior cold hardiness.
Taxus baccata 'Melfard' — at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners , Wisconsin, USA.
Photo by Paul Drobot